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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

‘Amang’ becomes LPA but still triggers rain, floods across MM, Luzon

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AMANG’S EFFECT. The Minalabac-Milaor Road in Borongborongan, Camarines Sur nearly disappears under flooding caused by nonstop rains from tropical storm Amang on Thursday morning. Minalabac LGU

Weather disturbance Amang weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) but caused widespread flooding and will continue to cause rains over parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

In its latest bulletin Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Quezon, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan, and Rizal.

Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are still forecast over Metro Manila, Central Luzon and the rest of Calabarzon.

Flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas highly susceptible to these hazards.

The LPA is unlikely to bring rough seas over the coastal waters of the country.

PAGASA expects the remnant circulation to head northwestward or west northwestward towards Polillo Islands and northern mainland Quezon.

The LPA may dissipate in the next 24 hours, PAGASA said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has focused its relief efforts in the Bicol and Davao regions, which were affected by heavy rains and floods brought by Amang.

Assistant Secretary Romel Lopez said the most affected areas were Sta. Cruz and Magsaysay in Davao del Sur, where 14 houses were reported damaged. Rio Araja

A total of 2,196 people, or 521 families, were affected by the inclement weather in Bicol and Davao regions. Most of them were staying in five evacuation centers.

Quezon Province Gov. Angelina Tan said authorities were monitoring Lopez town and Polillo Islands for possible flooding.

She said some Lopez residents were evacuated on Wednesday night when a nearby river overflowed.

She said the floodwaters were slowly subsiding in Lopez.

The Philippine Coast Guard said 911 persons were stranded in ports across Eastern Visayas, Southern Tagalog, and Bicol as sailing was prohibited.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 12 seaports had to cancel their trips.

In Region 5, up to 17 areas were flooded due to Amang. Eighty-one families or 280 persons were also affected in the said region, the NDRRMC said.

Seven roads were also rendered impassable by Amang in the Bicol Region.

At least six domestic flights have been canceled as of 1:33 p.m. Thursday, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reported.

These flights were CebGo (DG) 6047/6048 and PAL Express (2P) 2963/2964 Manila-Busuanga-Manila. Also canceled were DG 6117/6118 Manila-Naga-Manila.

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